BY ELIZABETH LUNDAY. The Neoclassical period coincided with the French Revolution, the rise of Napoleon, and the Napoleonic Wars. These were exciting times, and several artists found themselves drawn to politics like moths to a flame—only, not surprisingly, to get burned. Here are two examples of Neoclassical artists' unfortunate encounters with politics:
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Neoclassical art is a period in artistic expression believed to have reached dominance between 1770 AD and 1830 AD. It replaced the earlier art movements of Rococo and Baroque styles, where was seen as excessively elaborate and shallow, and was seen as emotionally grandiose. The expression of was carried out through paintings, literature, architecture, and such as theater and music, and was considered of a primarily bland or unemotional form as compared to earlier periods. The movement in neoclassical art was an attempt to recapture the spirit of classical Greek and Roman lifestyles in architecture, culture, and thought.
Bashapedia / Rococo and Neoclassical Art
Expressions of neoclassicism in history took place at the end of the Renaissance period in Europe, which lasted from the 14th to 17th centuries. This period of innovation and widespread creativity in the arts eventually caused neoclassicism to be subsumed by a new art movement known as Romanticism. Romanticism did not replace neoclassical art, but rather complimented it in areas where it appeared lacking. The ideas of order presented in the invention of many of the first mechanical machines of the Renaissance period, along with the simplicity approach to artistic beauty in neoclassicism, complimented Romanticism in the same way that Greek and Roman civilizations were built both upon practical affairs of state as well as appreciation for the beauty of the natural world.
Neoclassical Art in the Eighteenth Century